FAQs


1. The proposed Gorkhaland state has only 3 MLAs (minus Siliguri). How can you have a state with 3 MLAs?

Answer: The number of MLAs a state can possess will depend on the size of the state when it is formed. There are no set criteria for forming assembly constituencies in India. For example:
* Goa which has an area of 3,702 sq km has 40 assembly constituencies.
* Sikkim with an area of 7,096 sq km has 32 assembly constituencies.
* Delhi, a Union Territory but possessing a state assembly, has an area of only 1,484 sq km but has 70 assembly constituencies.
* Puducherry, another Union Territory but possessing a state assembly, has an area of only 562 sq km but has 30 assembly constituencies.
Therefore, Gorkhaland with an area of ~3,000 sq km at the minimum can have enough assembly constituencies and thus enough MLAs to function as a state.

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2. The proposed Gorkhaland state has only 1.5 districts (minus Siliguri). How can you have a state with 1.5 districts?

Answer: Again, the number of districts is determined after a state is formed/decided to be formed.
* Goa has 2 districts in an area of 3,702 sq km.
* Sikkim has 4 districts in an area of 7,096 sq km.
Gorkhaland with an area of ~3,000 sq km at the minimum can have enough number of districts to function as a state.

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3. The proposed Gorkhaland state has only about 9 lakh population (minus Siliguri). How can you have a state with only 9 lakh population?

Answer: Population is not a criterion to form states in India.
* Sikkim has a population of 6,44,660.
* Mizoram has a population of 10,97,206.
* Arunachal Pradesh has a population of 13,83,727.
* Goa has a population of 14,57,723.
Gorkhaland will have a population of ~9,00,000 at the minimum and thus can easily be a state in India.

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4. The proposed Gorkhaland state has an area of only 3149 sq. km. How can you have a state with an area of 3149 sq. km?

Answer: There are many regions in India that function as state or union territory with small areas.
Sikkim: 7,096 sq km.
Goa: 3,702 sq km.
Delhi: 1,490 sq km.
Puducherry: 492 sq km.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 491 sq km.
Chandigarh: 114 sq km.
Daman and Diu: 112 sq km.
Lakshadweep: 32 sq km.
Gorkhaland with an area of ~3,000 sq km at the minimum will have no problem becoming a state in India.

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5. How can there be a separate state on ethnic lines?

Answer: Most of the states in India have been formed on ethnic lines:
West Bengal - Bengali
Odisha - Odia
Tamil Nadu - Tamil
Kerala - Malayali
Karnataka - Kannadiga
Nagaland - Naga
Mizoram - Mizo
Manipur - Manipuri
Assam - Assamese
Punjab - Punjabi
Gujarat - Gujarati
Maharashtra - Marathi

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6. How can there be a separate state on linguistic lines?

Answer: Most of the states in India have been formed on linguistic lines:
West Bengal - Bengali
Odisha - Odia
Tamil Nadu - Tamil
Kerala - Malayalam
Karnataka - Kannada
Manipur - Manipuri
Assam - Assamese
Punjab - Punjabi
Gujarat - Gujarati
Maharashtra – Marathi

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